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University of Malaya


It was founded on 28 September 1905 in Singapore as the King Edward VII College of Medicine and on 8th October 1949, it became the University of Malaya with the merger of the King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College (founded in 1928).


Graduates of the University of Malaya will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in their field of study, appropriate research and professional practices, and the processes of critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving.
  • Use effective methods including contemporary technology to manage information, to achieve diverse professional goals aligned with professional standards and make decisions based on appropriate data and information.
  • Engage in continuous self-improvement and professional growth support the professional development of others, and display positive leadership
  • Communicate effectively with other professionals, and the community, and project a coherent vision of social responsibilities


As Malaysia’s premier Research University, UM will have even more research activities, collaboration, partnerships and engagements with the other universities and industry locally and abroad to share and capitalise on leading-edge research carried out by its researchers.  Enhanced collaboration amongst the region's research universities and industry can lead to thriving networks for research innovation, commercialization and sharing of results on the next generation renewable energy technology, climate change, ocean science and health sciences.  UM’s role in leading Malaysian research and innovation will be its everlasting contribution to Malaysia’s New Economic Model and the coveted developed country status. The question is not whether UM can lift research and innovation to be truly world class but when and how quickly this will happen.


The Careers and Industrial Relationships Unit is a new unit under the Student Affairs and Alumni Department. This unit was established with the aim of providing career related skills to the future graduates of University of Malaya such as in making career decisions, work finding process, and training or skills that are able to aid future graduates in the preparatory process to face the working world.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

The Student Support Services provide students with support and guidance throughout their studies. At Universiti Malaya, we have a well-established network of support staff and a range of services in place to advise and assist students with any problems they may experience relating to their studies, health issues, career and personal issues.

Housing services

Living in the university residential halls is great fun and ideal opportunity to make friends. University of Malaya boasts 13 residential colleges that can accommodate up to 12,000 students. This amount represents about 65% of all the students pursuing their first degrees.

Each residential hall is administered by a principal and assisted by several fellows. The Residential Halls do not only provide students with accommodation but also facilities such as game courts, reading rooms, grocery shops, cyber cafes and computer labs. Most halls provide meals while the others have cafeteria facilities.

Library services

The University of Malaya Library encompasses a network of libraries and through this network the Library is able to provide comprehensive services and facilities using the discipline-based approach.

Medical services


  • University Hospital with surgical and emergency room facilities
  • Student Health Clinic
  • Vaccinations
  • Referral Letters to Government & University Hospitals
  • Individual Counselling
  • Group Counselling
  • Student Insurance

Campus life

University of Malaya, or UM, Malaysia's oldest university, is situated on a 750 acre (309 hectare) campus in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

The Faculty of Business and Accountancy and Universiti Malaya are pleased to announce that the institution has earned an extension of accreditation for another five years by AACSB International-a prominent Business School accreditation body globally.

Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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